OBA Weekly Newsletter. Issue 80 - 5th October 2016

Issue 80 - 5th October 2016
Dear families and friends of OBA,

Thank you for your amazing support at last week's Open Evening! Nearly 250 primary pupils and their families joined us for an evening of activities, taster sessions and fact finding about life at our Academy. The feedback was superb and I know that many will have OBA as their first choice for secondary school next September. We were the only oversubscribed school in Runcorn last year so please make sure that you submit your application forms on time by the deadline of Monday, 31st October. Please follow this link for details:

Saturday saw the start of our 'Around the world' project as part of OBA's Saturday Academy programme. This is for Year 6 students and features a focus on a different country each week. Pupils enjoy activities such as craft and cookery, as well as trips such as the Manchester Christmas markets and a Japanese Teppan Yaki restaurant in Chester. Each weekly session only costs £1 per pupil and runs from 9.30am to 1pm. Please see further details on our website or contract our Leader of Transition, Mrs Snagg, for further details:

Finally, I must mention that our Enrichment programme is well underway at school and we encourage our students to attend at least one after school session per week. There are sports clubs, computing and technology sessions, dance and drama activities and even a Dungeons and Dragons roleplay game club! There really is something for everyone.

As you can see, the Academy is thriving - thank you for your continued support.

Mr. M Wyss
Academy Principal

Open Evening

OBA’s fabulous Open Evening last week saw some amazing displays of work and a fun night was had by all.  There was a vast range of engaging activities on offer across the school and the evening was extremely well attended by the Year 6s and even Year 5s from our local primary schools.

See below just a few of the activities that took place, ranging from displays of Dance, Drama, stage make-up and Science experiments to interactive whiteboard games and sessions in the fitness suite. 

Creating Employment Links Within Our Community

To help raise the aspirations of our students, OBA recognises the importance of helping to create tomorrow’s competitive workforce! We aim to do this by influencing the skills and knowledge of our young people and by improving recruitment through establishing direct links from education into employment. 

OBA is therefore delighted to announce our new partnership with global company, Isover Saint-Gobain. 

Based just around the corner from the Academy, on the Whitehouse Industrial Estate, Isover Saint-Gobain promises to work in partnership with our school over the next three years to improve the achievement and employability skills of our students. They are offering OBA’s students the opportunity to have site visits and work experience placements, learning from their professionals who have a wide range of skills and expertise. So, this relationship promises to be an invaluable experience for all the students involved.

Mrs Jarvis, OBA’s Careers Co-ordinator, was recently given the opportunity to visit Isover Saint-Gobain’s premises and attend its launch event.  After the event she said:

It was incredible to experience first-hand what this brilliant company does and to learn about the many exciting opportunities they have on offer for our students. Following my visit, there will be a further launch event at OBA on Thursday 20th October, when our Year 10s will be given the opportunity to work hands on with the company. I look forward to reporting back soon on the exciting initiatives that we will be developing and embedding over this academic year - so watch this space!

Going for Gold!

Two Gold Duke of Edinburgh expeditions have taken place recently for OBA’s students; some doing their practice expedition, whilst others completed their final trek.  Both expeditions took place in the Lake District, around Windermere and Coniston, forever popular and very beautiful locations for walkers and campers.  

The students braved both heavy rain and sunshine throughout their challenge and successfully set up camp each night at a different site.  They trekked through Grizedale Forest, Hawkshead Village and the area around Wray Castle, to name but a few places. 

The students who took part have all undertaken a variety of skills, voluntary and physical activities in their own time in order to complete the award. 

Those completing the final expedition were James O’Day, Keerah Watts, Ebony Gumbs, Ellie Ashton and Kaitlin Falconer.  Many congratulations go to them all and they will hopefully be attending Buckingham Palace in the not-too-distant future to receive their awards.


Rambert Dance Delights for Years 9 and 10

Last week, thirty Year 9 and Year 10 GCSE Dance students visited the Lowry Theatre in Manchester with Miss Roper and Miss Wells to see 'Rambert Dance Company' present three dance performances. 

The triple bill started with 'Flight' which looked at the subject of migration. It used multimedia projections to create an ever-shifting backdrop; the dancers dramatised the mix of hope and fear that make up a migrant’s experience of leaving one home to search for another.

Next was 'Frames' by Alexander Whitley. Twelve performers skilfully manipulated seventy interlocking metal bars, forming shapes, structures and spaces which, quite literally, framed their dancing in a different light. 

Lastly was Itzik Galili’s riotous and colourful ‘A Linha Curva’. This percussion-fuelled explosion of samba-flavoured dance helped the company win the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance. This work is one the students have to study for their GCSE Dance exams and it was great for them to see it live. They had watched it via video prior to the trip and they were literally on the edge of their seats watching the strong, athletic, dancers perform it live.

Miss Belford Reports OBA’s Sports News

Kayaking for Year 10sYear 10 girls recently had the opportunity to experience Kayaking at the Albert Dock. Although there was lots of screaming as they got into the water, once they had settled, there was lots of laughter and giggles.

There was some great kayaking skills on display from Jade McGoverin and Leigh Barnes, with some slightly more questionable driving from Ellie Wright, who enjoyed being towed every now and again by the lifeboat.  A great day was had by all, with lots of determination displayed and fun, memorable experiences

Merseyside Netball Success

Congratulations go to the following students for gaining a place in the Merseyside County Netball Academy.  Both girls played extremely well at the trials and are highly deserving of their place. 

Bethany McTegart (U14)

Emily Shone (U16 Development) 

Girls’ Football

Last week saw the Year 7, 8 and 9 football teams play fixtures against St Chad's. Although the teams suffered narrow victories, there was some great talent and teamwork on display. Well done to all team members for showing determination and dedication but special mentions go to Charlotte McLinden in Year 8 and Chloe Pye in Year 9. Chloe was playing her first football match for OBA and she played brilliantly! 

Boys' FootballLast Wednesday OBA’s Year 8 and Year 9 boys’ football teams took on St Chad’s with a brilliant outcome for both year groups.

Our Year 9s won with a convincing 11-3 result,  with all players performing at an outstanding level - and Daniel Kavanagh scoring a magnificent FIVE goals!

Year 7 won their first match as secondary school students with an amazing 9-4 victory, with 2 excellent goals from Zac Comer.

Congratulations to all those who played and represented OBA so spectacularly.

Let’s Buggy On Down

OBA’s Design and Technology Department run an enrichment session called ‘Off Road Racing’ on the school field from 3:15pm to 4:15pm every Wednesday. This enrichment is open to all students in Years 8 to 13 and there will also be a termly staff competition.

Mr Clerkin, who organises this club, will keep a weekly lap chart called, ‘The OBA Star in a Highly-Priced Buggy’!

Students, and staff, will potentially have challenges with students and colleagues in OCA, as they have just purchased an identical buggy.  So join in, have some fun and get the buggy bug!

Book of the Week

Mrs McLeod

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, due to its thought-provoking storyline about the heartbreak of the Holocaust and the juxtaposition of this with the innocence of children.  The scant details on the book cover also add to the secrecy and suspense of the storyline.  The book is written from the perspective of a young boy, Bruno and starts with his seemingly idyllic childhood being sent into turmoil after his family move to a new place called ‘Out-With’ due to his father’s job. Bruno’s intrigue of the world outside his new window leads him to meet a boy of a similar age, culminating in devastating consequences. Overall this book uses simple and effective language to reflect the innocence and naivety of Bruno, yet it is sufficiently powerful to reduce adults to tears and remain firmly in their thoughts for years to come.   

Our annual Christmas Market will be taking place on Tuesday 13th December. If you are interested in booking a stall to sell your crafts, please contact Mrs Snagg.

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